I've come to the end of my series on the Walk Scores of LA County's "premium transit network". I've written posts about the following lines over the past several days:
The Red/Purple line had the highest average walk score (93.1 - walker's paradise), followed by the Gold Line (79.5 - very walkable), the Blue Line (73.7 - very walkable), the Orange Line (70.9 - very walkable), and the Green Line (58.7 - somewhat walkable).
I'm about to show you the overall mean of all of the stations in these lines (calculated by averaging the stations themselves, not the means above). Then I'll highlight the stations with the five lowest scores. These should be a logical focus for improving the walkability of the network. Luckily, we have plenty of examples of stations with high scores too, so I'll list off the five highest as well, as possible examples to emulate.
The overall mean average Walk Score of all of the stations in the network is (drumroll please) . . .
77.3 out of 100 (very walkable, but not a walker's paradise)
The five (+1 because of a tie) stations with the lowest scores are:
Avalon -- Green Line -- 37 (car dependent)
Aviation/LAX -- Green Line -- 37 (car dependent)
Del Amo -- Blue Line -- 40 (car dependent)
De Soto -- Orange Line -- 45 (car dependent)
Harbor Freeway -- Green Line -- 48 (car dependent)
Lakewood -- Green Line -- 48 (car dependent)
The five (+3 because of a tie) stations with the highest scores are:
Pershing Square (north) -- Subway -- 100 (perfect score)
Wilshire/Vermont -- Subway -- 100 (perfect score)
Pershing Square (south) -- Subway -- 98 (walker's paradise)
7th Street/Metro Center (Flower) -- Subway & Blue Line -- 98 (walker's paradise)
7th Street/Metro Center (Hope) -- Subway & Blue Line -- 98 (walker's paradise)
Wilshire/Western -- Purple Line -- 98 (walker's paradise)
Memorial Park -- Gold Line -- 98 (walker's paradise)
Transit Mall -- Blue Line -- 98 (walker's paradise)
At the end of a day, you can pull data from a computer all you want, but if you want to understand the difference between these stations you have to go out to them, walk around them and think about them. There's a train or a bus waiting to take you.